Construction Bids Awarded for TCMH Project

Late last Friday, TCMH officials received word that the USDA had reviewed the final construction budget, bid tabs, contract agenda, bids for equipment and bids for sole source items. The USDA confirmed the requested sole source items in addition to the low construction bids and approved all of the information allowing the general contractor for the job, JE Dunn Construction, to proceed with awarding the construction bids.

Two local firms, Gentry Construction of Houston and Wood Mechanical of Cabool, were the low bidder on two portions of the project. Gentry Construction will provide “general construction” services. Wood Mechanical will provide HVAC services.

“Sole source” items reviewed by the USDA included items that would only work with equipment the hospital already has in place. For example, TCMH will add scales for weighing patients to each patient bed. The beds used on the new medical surgical floor are the patient beds currently in use at TCMH, and only specific scales will work with the beds. Bids for the specific scales that go with the beds were only available through one source, and the USDA had to review and approve the bid. There were several “sole source” bids TCMH collected and the USDA reviewed.

“The USDA needed all of the data together for budgetary reasons,” Wes Murray, TCMH chief executive officer explained. The data included bids for everything from the construction of the building to equipment and furniture to be used in the hospital’s expansion and renovation.

Hospital officials hope to close on the USDA loan documents with the Texas County Commission in the next two weeks.

According to Murray, traffic issues involving routing of traffic during construction “seem to be resolved”.

TCMH is applying with the Missouri Department of Transportation to widen the North and South entrances to the hospital.

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